I know, I know… “beauty” and “Ruger” are not often sentence-mates, but I think that this particular GP100 model qualifies. And as for Ruger’s ruggedness and reliability… we’re all on the same page there, I think.
Here’s the thing. I’ve actually owned a GP100 before, and I loved the gun, except for the trigger. Oh man, that trigger was awful: sticky, stiff (it felt like a 50-lb break), and it only sorta-smoothed out after over a thousand dry-fires. (Don’t laugh; in those days I was a lot more serious about testing guns, so I kept a fairly close count.) In the end, I got sick of the finger-cramp, decided it wasn’t worth the hassle, and traded it for a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 Carbine (a story for another time).
However, in reading the various comments from people who’ve recently bought this model, only a very few complained about the trigger. So maybe Ruger has fixed that problem. What I do know is that before I would actually drop the $900-odd on the gun, I’d bring along some dummy .357 snap caps, test it right there in the store, and let its trigger make the final purchase decision.
I do know, however, that I would have absolutely no qualms about strapping this puppy onto my hip every time I left the house.